One Is Too Many: Viewing Infection Data from the Patient's Perspective

​After knee replacement surgery, Rosie Bartel was told she had contracted a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. In this video, Mrs. Bartel describes how after three years and 11 surgeries, she is in a wheelchair. The effects of the infection have led to a series of losses, including her home, her job, part of her right leg, and much of the independence she once cherished. Hearing Mrs. Bartel's story in person compelled her care providers and their leadership to view their low surgical site infection (SSI) rate from a patient’s perspective and acknowledge that even one SSI is too many.

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